Posted by Rosemary L.
Here goes my first blog …..
On a recent Polaris Global call Shane Krider talked about the distinction between anticipating a result and expecting a result. At first I had difficulty finding the difference or distinction between the two terms and how they relate to my business goals. The dictionary definitions are similar:
1. expectation – regard something as likely
2. anticipation – regard something as probable, expect, foresee
So, what is the distinction? After much thought I see the distinction as the feeling I attach to anticipation as opposed to the feeling I attach to expectation. This may be different for you, but for me this is how I see it:
1. when expecting a result I feel as if it is my right and the focus is on expecting the result to be perfectly as I have imagined it to be. The pressure I put on myself is too high.
2. when anticipating a result I have a sense of excitement running with it, I feel more relaxed and trust that it will work out. Somehow there is less pressure and more of a positive feeling around the outcome.
I am thankful to Shane for getting me thinking on this subject, and my challenge going forward is to consciously bring anticipation and those accompanying feelings of excitement and trust to whatever activity I am doing to achieve a result and leave behind the pressure of expecting perfect results.
What are your thoughts?